An industrial test is the best way of assessing the machining performance of a steel. Therefore, Olarra tested the MECAMAX-AV grade 316 steel with manufactured parts, as can be seen from the photograph.
The following operations were carried out to manufacture those parts: cylinder-rolling, facing, standard turning and shape turning at 45º, machining a Ø 32mm using ISO P40 hard metal tools in an automatic lathe.
The results are set out on the following table. It should be noted the tool wear in those tests was 65% lower when machining MECAMAX-AV steel than when using standard steel. Another point of interest that must be stressed is that the total machining time per part is 29% shorter when using MECAMAX-AV steel.